From pirates, RMS Titanic and shipwrecks to creative crafting and model making, there's a lot going on at the Scottish Maritime Museum this summer.

The Irvine Harbourside museum's new family events programme promises lots of fun and learning for everyone.

Children’s activities run over the summer holidays and as usual, there’s free entry for up to three children with each adult/concession ticket and sessions to suit different age groups.

The drop in ‘Cracking Creatives’ sessions, which are ideal for ages three years and upwards, run from 1pm – 3.30pm every Tuesday and Saturday until Saturday, August 31.

Activities, which change weekly, are themed around the Museum’s summer exhibition, ‘Shipyard Social’, which explores the social side of Scottish shipyards, and the national art collection.

Families can also follow the new ‘Shipyard Trail’ and seek out all the boats hidden across the museum.

The popular Titanic Discovery Family Session returns on Saturday, July 13. 

From 3pm to 4.30pm, visitors can learn more about RMS Titanic, her crew and that fateful night in the North Atlantic Ocean from local historian Bill Fitzpatrick. Afterwards, everyone can have fun designing and testing their own model boat.

Saturday, August 10 sees the return of the museum’s hugely popular Pirate Day. Everyone can look forward to walking the gangplank for lots of swashbuckling, pirate fun.

All this and the year-round, drop in sessions Little Sea Monsters and the Warhammer Model Making Club continue over the summer. 

The music and storytelling session for under fives, Little Sea Monsters, runs from 10.15am to 11am every Thursday. 

The Warhammer Model Making Club runs every Saturday from noon – 3pm and painting sessions and gaming opportunities are included.

Visitors can also grab a VR headset and dive into a submerged prehistoric landscape and explore the fascinating world of shipwrecks when the Unpath’d Waters touring exhibition comes to the Museum between Monday, July 22 and Tuesday, August 6.

Further details on Unpath’d Waters activities, which bring the UK’s maritime heritage to life, can be found on the Museum’s website and social media @scotmaritime.

Claire Munro, Learning and Access Manager at the Scottish Maritime Museum, said: "As usual, this year’s summer programme promises lots of family fun.

“With most of our children’s activities, no booking is required. Just turn up in good time to ensure your space! 

"Most activities change weekly so also check our website or social media for what’s on throughout the holidays.

“We’re looking forward to welcoming everyone to all our fantastic events, activities and exhibitions this month and next."

More information about the Summer Events Programme can be found here.